Panthers rally to gain split in key twinbill

JOA CAIN, Plymouth first baseman, retires a Waupun runner on a grounder in the opener of Monday’s softball twinbill. — Photo by Todd Starnitcky JOA CAIN, Plymouth first baseman, retires a Waupun runner on a grounder in the opener of Monday’s softball twinbill. — Photo by Todd Starnitcky PLYMOUTH – Mikaela Holdridge belted a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to give the Plymouth Panthers a 4-2 win over Waupun in game two of a crucial Eastern Wisconsin Conference softball doubleheader here Monday.

It was a must win for the Panthers who lost the opener of the twinbill, 3-1. Waupun, the defending league champion, leads the EWC with a 9-1 record (12-5 overall) and PHS holds second place at 6-2 (11-2 overall).

PHS trailed 2-0 going into the seventh in game one. Sara Romps delivered a clutch, two-run single which tied the game, 2-2. Sara Thompson and Rachel Romps, who had singled earlier, scored on the hit.

“It was a great comeback and showed our resilience as we never gave up,” said Panther head coach Gale Grahn.

“Rachel shut them out the last five innings and we finally got hits bunched together. It was a great team effort to get a split.”

Rachel Romps was the winning pitcher – allowing two earned runs on nine hits with no walks, three strikeouts and one hit batter.

The game ended when PHS executed a double play in the bottom of the eighth.


In the nightcap, the Panthers outhit the Warriors 7-2 but failed to get timely hits. PHS had two runners on in the sixth and seventh with less than two outs but didn’t score.

Rachel Romps took a tough loss despite a two-hitter. She gave up two earned runs and two walks with three strikeouts and two hit batters.

Kelsey Thompson’s RBI single in the top of the fifth gave the Warriors the lead for good, 2-1. Thompson also slugged a leadoff homer in the first.

PHS scored in the first on a single by Thompson which knocked in Holdridge who had doubled with two away.

Tiffany Killiam earned a complete game victory. Killiam surrendered one earned run and one walk while fanning 10.


The Panthers improved to 5-1 in the EWC (7-1 overall) with a doubleheader sweep, 5-4 and 20-7.

In game two, PHS pounded out a season-high 14 hits, led by Michaela who had three singles. Erika Stauss, Jordyn Pieper, Cassy Sippel, Caitlyn Klemme and Taylor Kulow added two hits each. Jackie Snow was the winning hurler.

Stauss sparked Plymouth’s attack in the opener with three hits, including a double and triple. Pieper contributed two singles. Shane Flaig hit a slow roller to second base which brought in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Erica Helmer earned the win. Jenny Fenske made an outstanding catch in center field which helped keep Waupun scoreless in the seventh.



Game 1
Score by Innings
Waupun....................100 011 0 – 3 2 0
Plymouth.................100 000 0 – 1 7 2
Tiffany Killiam and Caitlyn Winning;
Rachel Romps and Sara. Romps. W
– Killiam. L – R. Romps, 10-2. 2Bs –
Plymouth, Mikaela Holdridge 2. HR –
Waupun, Kelsey Thompson.
Game 2
Score by Innings
Plymouth................000 000 22 – 4 6 1
Waupun..................101 000 00 – 2 9 1
R. Romps and S. Romps; Killiam
and Winning. W – R. Romps, 11-2. L –
Killiam. HR – Plymouth, Holdridge (2).

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